Brighter Futures for Children
Contract type: Fixed term until March 2023, Full-time 37 hours per week
Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.
We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.
- We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading.
- We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.
- We embrace new and proven ways of working based on a Trauma Informed Approach, Restorative Practice, Therapeutic Thinking and a focus on the Whole Family.
Reading YOS currently has a vacancy for a Serious Youth Violence Worker who can engage support and divert young people identified as being at risk or involved with serious youth violence, knife crime, gang-related activity, child criminal and sexual exploitation.
You will be able to engage and support young people who have offended or are at risk of offending. The YOS is located within Brighter Futures for Children and also has strong links with partner services working with young people.
You will need to have an understanding of Serious Violence issues and be able to work with others to implement a wider partnership understanding of issues contributing to youth risk and develop appropriate responses. You will need to be prepared to work some evenings/weekends on an occasional basis.
- To develop and deliver innovative interventions and holistic support to address the needs of young people identified as being involved or at risk.
- To share knowledge and awareness of knife crime and criminal exploitation and related issues through training and coaching/consultative support for a range of professionals
- To work collaboratively with schools, Early Help, Police, Social Care and other key partners to plan, develop and deliver activities and projects as part of an intervention plan that will enable young people to reduce their risk of exploitation, offending, serious harm and vulnerability.
- To undertake dynamic risk assessments and contribute to multi agency risk planning meetings, contributing to safety planning
- Educated to degree level in a relevant subject area
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
- Significant experience of engaging and motivating young people, particularly those resistant and hard to reach young people.
- Have a good understanding of what works in supporting and enabling young people at risk of youth violence, criminal exploitation and gang-related activity
- Knowledge of child criminal and sexual exploitation and how these impact on young people and families.
Contact details for an informal discussion:
Giles Allchurch 0118 9372420
Natalie Clarke 0118 9372420
Sarah Dobinson 0118 9372420
What we offer:
- We offer a supportive framework to develop your career
- You’ll work in a friendly and collaborative environment where we are committed to delivering positive outcomes.
- We have a strong training and developmental pathway
- All team managers are permanent staff and our Consultant Practitioners will coach, mentor and support you.
- Competitive salary
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Discounted childcare
- On-site outstanding nursery
- Free parking
- Pool cars.
We offer a range of extras
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loans
- Local discounts
- Health and wellbeing programme
- Staff Club and social events.
Please Include relevant information within the application form including an outline of qualifications gained.
Note: The posts is graded at RG5 (scp 22- 28) starting salary is usually expected to be at the start of RG5.
Closing date: 2nd March 2021
Interview date: 9th and 10th March 2021